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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    # 72.3 million, or 26 percent of the U.S. population were under age 18;

    # 174.1 million, or 62 percent, were age 18 to 64; and

    # 35.0 million, or 12 percent, were age 65 and over
    Age 2000

    So, a total of 38% of the population are "children" or of retirement age. Just another little bit of info...
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    2. Create more Public Sector jobs. It could be Obama's New Deal.
    The original new deal paid public sector employees filling positions created under the New Deal an average of 20% less than a private sector employee in a similar position was making at the time. Also, the jobs were meant to be temporary. Also, we didn't have over $14 trillion in government debt and a budget so far from "balanced" it makes heads spin. Most of the jobs those workers took were for infrastructure improvements (schools, highways, etc). In today's society we've handed contracts to private firms to handle these jobs. So we'd be killing some private sector jobs in order to create public sector jobs. Breaking even, basically.
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Yeah it is concerning that an increasing aging population will rely on the younger generation to provide for it.
    In my family's case, the elderly (me and the wife) are well off and helping to support one of our kids, the teacher.....
    Long run, we will leave considerable amount of money to our kids and grandkids. Not bad considering we both had poor parents. We started out with nothing more than a few years of post HS education each, and built on it. Mine was military tech schools, hers was junior college.
    However, SOMEBODY has to do the menial jobs, the low tech jobs, the clerk and sales jobs, and those don't require much education. They also don't pay much. Good thing such jobs exist, even tho they don't pay well. Otherwise, many of us would have no jobs.....
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Yeah, that's gonna be a hard sell for anyone who watched that chunk get taken out of their paycheck every two weeks over the last 20 years.
    20? try 47.....
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    But, I bet many would opt for that lump sum payment if given the option, and manage that money much better than the federal government.
    Yes, but those who didn't or lived a long time wouldn't have that security net. Even if they took it voluntarially like a loan (loan they couldn't afford) people would be all upset about how the government cheated them etc.
    If the rich gets screwed, who cares, right?
    LOL, just got a vision of the parade of Zombies at the Anti-Walker parade in Madison. "EAT....da....RICH, EAT.. der.. BRAINS
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Yes, but those who didn't or lived a long time wouldn't have that security net. Even if they took it voluntarially like a loan (loan they couldn't afford) people would be all upset about how the government cheated them etc.
    If the rich gets screwed, who cares, right?
    LOL, just got a vision of the parade of Zombies at the Anti-Walker parade in Madison. "EAT....da....RICH, EAT.. der.. BRAINS
    the rich are too fatty, good for bacon and lard mostly, and hotdogs, baloney (too obvious)....
    the poor, however, are good lean meat with just enough fat to add flavor.....
    ever hear of "long pig"? old pirates description for the taste of human flesh...
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    *Note: Data excludes military and self-employed
    More Americans leaving the workforce - USATODAY.com



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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    There are some of us boomers who were able to retire early, in my case due to paranoia about the future of SS and the economy. At 55 I had no debt, a paid for home, and enough savings to buy a retirement home without selling my existing home.
    There are many more still working who COULD retire and make room in the workforce for others, but they have no incentives to do so.
    Perhaps lowering the age where we can draw from our IRA's and 401k's, without the 10% penalty, to age 55 would be an incentive.
    Another incentive could be lowering the tax rate on such withdrawals (for those who are actually retired) to the same 15% that the rich enjoy on capital gains profits....
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    Clearly the solution is to get rid of those pesky child labor laws.
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    Re: Shock employment figures: Fewer than 46% of Americans have jobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Clearly the solution is to get rid of those pesky child labor laws.
    Certainly not

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